The team at Layden Court Care Home in Maltby opened the doors to professionals last week as they continued to promote their recent Dementia Care Framework accreditation success.
As part of the training for the programme, everyone in the home has the opportunity to partake in the dementia experience which enables them to walk in the shoes of people who live with dementia.
“We wanted to share this experience with the health care professionals in our area, so they had a greater understanding when it came to placing people in our care,” explains Home Manager Jenny Hololob.
The Dementia Experience is in essence, completing routine daily tasks like pairing socks, putting CDs in cases, buttoning a shirt etc, with the limitations those living with dementia have to endure. Participants were gloves on their hands, have goggles that have stickers on to obscure vision and white noise played in their ears as a distraction.
Jenny Hololob added: “The professionals got stuck in with the experience, and were shocked with the way it made them feel. They said it’s definitely given them a greater sense of empathy with the people they come into contact with on a regular basis.”
Date published: 15 September 2017